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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Volleyball regional final predictions

Class A
Region 3
(At Grosse Pointe South)

Southfield vs. Grosse Pointe North, 6 p.m. Thursday — Southfield has had another memorable season, but haven’t faced a team as tough as Grosse Pointe North in the playoffs. The Norsemen, who compete in the MAC Red, are more battle tested, which could be the difference. Pick: Grosse Pointe North

Region 5
(At Lake Orion)

Birmingham Marian vs. Troy, 7 p.m. Thursday — Troy is coming off an emotional win over OAA Red rival Clarkston on Tuesday, while Marian defeated Catholic League foe Farmington Hills Mercy for the third time. Marian has nearly its entire team back from its state finalist team last season and that experience will serve them well. Pick: Marian

Region 6
(At Lakeland)

Novi vs. Livonia Churchill, 7 p.m. Thursday — Novi is looking to make its second straight run to Battle Creek after reaching the Class A semifinals last season, while Churchill, the 2007 winter state champions, is looking to redeem itself after falling in regionals last season. The Wildcats have been up and down this season, while the Chargers have been pretty steady. Thursday’s result will depend on which Novi team shows up. Pick: Churchill

Class B
Region 11
(At Pontiac Notre Dame Prep)

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep vs. Marysville, 7 p.m. Thursday — Notre Dame Prep denied Marysville its 20th straight regional title last season on its way to winning the Class B state championship. The Vikings have likely been looking forward to this game for an entire year and unless the Fighting Irish find out Molly Coldren has some eligibility left, they could be in for a long night. Pick: Marysville

Class C
Region 19
(At Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest)

Royal Oak Shrine vs. Allen Park Cabrini, 8 p.m. Thursday — A rematch of the Catholic League C-D championship game, which Shrine won, 3-1. The Knights have defeated Cabrini three times this season so they will likely get the Monarchs best shot, but will it be enough? Pick: Shrine

Class D
Region 27
(At Auburn Hills Oakland Christian)

Auburn Hills Oakland Christian vs. Lutheran Westland — The No. 6-ranked Lancers will host No. 3 Lutheran Westland in what should be a great Class D matchup. Both teams fell in the regional finals last season, but that obviously won’t happen this year. Pick: Westland

Playoff predictions record
Regional semifinals: 13-2; District finals: 12-4; District finalists: 25-5



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